Playtime: As school year draws near, ways to help kids in need

Communities in southern Snohomish County are always pleasantly surprising me with inclusion and community support. Like the hundreds of people who rallied for our teachers, and those who called the Edmonds Police Department to share their/our frustration that the spray-painted swastikas weren’t being considered a hate crime, and the positive response in cheering for the…

Playtime: From circus camp to archery, ideas for summer fun

“They take turns,” my husband says with the authority of someone who is always right on a certain subject. My kids seem to trade off carrying the baton of “kid-with-some-level-of-turmoil,” and in this transition, when we ask ourselves “What is even happening?” the light bulb goes off as he typically puts the pieces together first….

Playtime: Flexible activity options for changing family needs

Our youngest is currently coming into his own, he’s found something he loves to do (skateboarding), not just something he did largely because his brother did (hockey), so our focus on him is now more often “what does he want to do” as opposed to “what can we do with him while.” This all made…

Playtime: Let the summer contests and games begin

At this point of the summer, my social media feed is seemingly all pictures of dashboard thermometers showing high temperatures (from people who don’t live here), vacations, and All-Star Baseball. Since both of our kids abandoned America’s pastime at the t-ball level for Canada’s pastime of hockey, I often forget how popular of a youth…

Playtime: From steel drums to improv, options galore for summer camps

Maybe it’s because the weather has looked like winter since last summer or maybe it’s just what we say each year, but it’s really hard to believe that the end of school is near. There are four weeks and a handful of make-up snow days left before school is out for summer. The older I…

Playtime: Science museum and skate park during Bellingham day trip

Using social media as a parent is like a blessing and a curse to me. Just recently, I’ve felt better to see that the son of someone I went to high school with is also losing his teeth later than most kids, like my son is. On the other hand, I run into things that…

Playtime: May the 4th Be With You and Free Comic Book Day

Social media may be to blame, but it feels like everyday is National “Something or Other” Day. March has “Pi” Day on 3-14, when people focus more on the dessert than the math. In April alone, there is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, National Siblings Day, National High Five Day, and National Pigs in a…

Playtime: A night of laughs nearby, benefiting local schools

I drive past the banner over Caspers Street (you know, the one in front of the Edmonds United Methodist Church) what feels like a thousand times a week. It usually has info on a local event like The Edmonds Arts Festival, The Write on the Sound conference, and the one that always catches my eye,…

Playtime: Support a cause while meeting your fitness goals

If ever there was a time to mix your New Year health goals and supporting a cause, it feels like this particular January is it. Girls on the Run Snohomish County has a co-ed adult charity running program called SoleMates, where participants get training help while raising money for after-school running teams for girls which…